Sunday, September 24, 2017

She’s Dancing with the Stars, A tribute to Emily Gaines Tinsley


My mother-in-law, Mom Tinsley, passed away on Monday at the age of 97. She was the mom who adopted Bill and his twin, Happy/AKA Debbie. So those who know Edie, my other mother-in-law, don’t panic. I was blessed to have a very good relationship with her, and she jokingly called me her “favorite” daughter-in-law, since I was her only one. She was always very affirming to me, even telling me I was beautiful with wet hair and no makeup, after swimming in the lake. As said by so many others, she endeared people with her Southern charm of calling them “Sweetheart” “Darling” and “Honey.” She was a wonderful, supportive wife, mother and grandmother. Her legacy will live on.

 

One thing we shared in common was a love of dancing, although she could dance circles around me and so many others. When she became a widow, she had boyfriends galore and she went out dancing often until at age 91, when she fell and broke her shoulder. Her quality of life after that was not what she was used to. I hated to see her reduced to just sitting, watching the television instead of living life to the fullest as she had before. Up until she was no longer able to drive she drove people to church, doctor’s appointments and was even a Christian counselor going to school, I think in her eighties, to get a Master’s degree. But the “Master’s Degree” that was most important to her was the one that said, Jesus is my Lord and Master. She had a prayer book with pictures in it of those who she was praying for and her prayers helped many people along the way. She made people feel loved and happy and that was truly her gift to the world.

 

Monday September 18th I felt that the Lord wanted me to spend the day in Orlando, being at her side with her since Bill, Teresa and Frances had to work and Tina lives in Georgia. She had come through the surgery on Friday for her hip and the surgery on Sunday for a broken wrist well. Her daughter, Happy had flown in from Tennessee and wanted a ride over to the hospital and strangely, when normally my schedule doesn’t always allow for a day trip, all was good.

 

It was a long, bittersweet day and I’m not going to go into details, but it ended with her passing on into her heavenly home. After I returned home, I was wound up and turned on the television. The blast from the speakers said, “And this is Dancing with the Stars,” which was one of her favorite programs. I knew it was a special sign for me that she was dancing with Jesus.

 

She’s Dancing with the Stars 

 

Emily Gaines Tinsley showed us how to dance with her life,

And how to dance through life and do it well.

Her eyes, her countenance, her joy as she danced through life showed us first:

A little girl

A fun loving sister,

A young bride,

A loving mother,

A faithful daughter of our

Lord Jesus Christ.

 

All these things were there

In her eyes and life journey.

She communicated so well

With her beautiful blue eyes,

But also with the way

She danced through life.

She personified grace and mercy.

She was a sweet grandmother

A woman passionate

About her family and friends.

 

 “I’m ready to go,” she said to Teresa

On Friday, before her operation.

“You’re going home, Mama”

 

A few days later, her eyes portrayed

A new desire, “Set me free, Lord

To dance before You

At Your Majestic throne!

I’ve been in this old body

Way too long.

 

 

The Lord looked into those beautiful blue eyes

And said,

“Come my daughter, it’s your time.

You’ll not only be dancing with the stars,

You’ll be dancing with the One who flung them into heaven.”

 

(Donna Collins Tinsley in celebration of Emily Gaines Tinsley’s life 1920-2017)


 
Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things;
         Let this be known throughout the earth.
 Cry aloud and shout for joy, O Emily,
         For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

 Isaiah 12:4-6

 

To me, this quote by Mother Teresa of Calcutta sums up her life story and walk.

"Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be a loving expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. To children, to the poor, to all who suffer and are lonely, give always a happy smile. Give them not only your care, but your heart." Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 

E ver loved by her family even

M ore as each year passed

I ndescribably beautiful

L atter years were peaceful

Y outhful in ways and looks always.

 

T houghtful

I n the ways of the Lord she walked

N eeded and cared for

S hine on, dear one

L ovely in ways and deeds

E xuberant and happy with dancing feet

Y ears of joy have been given. (Donna Collins Tinsley)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Praying for single parents today; the cross has made you flawless!

Having a family and being a family can be a bumpy ride with bruises and scars. Amazing grace can remedy what we can't as mere humans. That's what the cross is all about; turning very flawed people into flawless by the blood of Jesus. The lyrics to this song say it all today and we pray that it lift your spirits. We pray that families will grow strong, powerful, full of mercy and love and that they be healed, restored, and grow together. We know there are many unspoken heart cries and hurts and we know that You, Jesus, hear those cries, mend those wounds and bind up those sorrows.
Praying extra for single parents today and their children. We ask, Lord, that You meet all needs and send journeymates for wisdom and relief at times. We also hold up those in authority over us and pray for our policemen, military and firemen.. All are welcome to put requests on as led by the Lord. We hold each other up, together we are strong.
No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ7EyPTOltw

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The sound of Heaven touching Earth explodes as we pray for those who grieve


The sound of Heaven touching Earth...there is the sound of heaven touching earth as we pray on Saturdays for those who have lost loved ones to death. Angels surround the ones left behind. They pray, they remember, they long for that precious one. Anita Smith once said that any parent who's lost a child will make sure their hearts are right before the Lord that they may see them again in heaven. The thing about Saturday’s prayer is there is always a family experiencing the death of a family member somewhere.

Grief has no timetable, each one processes differently, some stay numb with a holy numbness I believe, for a while, then it overwhelms them, just when other may say they should be "over it." Don't judge, just love and have an open ear and open arms. For those whose grave sites are fresh we pray for strength for this day and hope for the future as you remember all the good memories in your mind.

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Revelation 21:4)

Spirit Break Out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_TOOXRpn8w

 Our Father, all of Heaven roars Your name

Sing louder, let this place erupt with praise

Can you hear it, the sound of Heaven touching Earth

The sound of Heaven touching Earth

Sunday, August 6, 2017

I Want to be Your Cheerleader!

 I Want to be Your Cheerleader!
 “Two, four, six, eight, who do we appreciate?” might’ve been a cheer you’ve heard over the years. When you think of a cheerleader, who do you think of? One of Isaiah’s favorite programs is The Goldberg’s, which has a mom who can only be described as The Cheerleader for her children. Right or wrong, she is strong in their court and I think that is why she is every young man’s dream mom. Me, not so. I’m more for do what’s right, do it right and do it when I tell you to do it.
But I heard Pastor Cathy Mazza say recently that at home, she is trying not to be so critical to her kids, not reminding her kids what they need to do or didn’t do, but she is learning to be their cheerleader.
What a sweet concept! A cheerleader!  I’d love to be that kind of person to not only my husband, children and grandchildren but to the world in general. Maybe that’s what the world needs now, although the song What the World Needs Now is Love is pretty relevant, what we all really need is a cheerleader; a journeymate who can inspire us to keep pressing on. Wouldn’t that be great? Come on, now, let’s hear it for the home team, your home team of people in your family that you love. Rah, Rah, Sis Boom Bah, let’s hear it for our kids, friends and loved ones!
Cheering involves the uttering or making of sounds and may be used to encourage, excite to action, indicate approval, or welcome says Wikipedia. The term “sis boom bah*” is a term popular in U.S. high school and college cheers. It was used by Johnny Carson's character Carnac the Magnificent.
I think perhaps Jesus could be called the Ultimate Cheerleader.  In the prayer titled, “Jesus Prays for All Believers” He prays something we can pray, that all who believe through His prayers and testimony may be one, so that the world around us can see that God sent Him. That we will walk in unity and that people will know that they are loved. And how about when he encouraged Peter to get out of that boat and actually walk on water?
 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
He cheers us on through prayer and that is something we all can attain to do.  We pray each day that we can encourage, that we can love, and that we can press on in a world that is often conflicted. We can pray for those who are hurting, those who need healing and those who feel alone, sometimes through their own isolation.
Paul was a great cheerleader, also, in fact the whole first chapter of Ephesians cheers us on.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
 
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
 
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians 1
Paul also was so sweet in writing to Philemon saying, “Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, “Oh, thank you, God!” I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other believers. And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it. Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel, doubly so when I see your hospitality to fellow believers.” If that doesn’t cheer someone on or cheer someone up, I can’t imagine what would.
The Psalms are full of cheers:
“I love you, God—
    you make me strong.
God is bedrock under my feet,
    the castle in which I live,
    my rescuing knight.
My God—the high crag
    where I run for dear life,
    hiding behind the boulders,
    safe in the granite hideout.
I sing to God, the Praise-Lofty,
    and find myself safe and saved.” (from Psalms 18 The Message)
So I encourage you to join me in becoming a cheerleader, cheer people in your life on, look up verses and cling to them. Rah, Rah, Sis Boom Bah, it will do your own heart good! You may find the encouragement you gave away to someone made their day. I guarantee that you will be cheered up also.
Shouting it from the Rooftops: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-gLdIO5G-Q
*sis-boom-bah
cheerleading chant, originally (1867) an echoic phrase imitating the sound of a skyrocket flight ( sis), the burst of the fireworks ( boom), and the reaction of the crowd ( (b)ah).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Beautiful Gate of Prayer and a Helping Hand Acts 3:1-7 or I Get by With a Little Help of my Friends


The Beautiful Gate of Prayer and a Helping Hand Acts 3:1-7

This is one of my favorite scriptures and stories. I like this verse best and have felt it can apply to so many things in our lives.

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

One thought is, I can't help you with money but what I can do is pray for you. You don't have to be down on the ground, you have support and help in the name of Jesus and your prayer partners. Get up! Get going! You are blessed! You have more and You are more than someone who is sitting crippled with afflictions and pain. 

“Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.”

When we take the hand of a hurting mother, father, son or daughter we help them up and towards their true calling of life and health and love. We can't do it for them but we can give them a helping hand up. Point them to resources. Tell them they can do it. We don't enable by doing it all for them; we encourage them that they will find the answers and help they need at the time of their greatest need.

Praying for families today to be strengthened in the Holy Spirit and to be provided for in every way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_TOOXRpn8w

Here is the story in the Message version.

 Acts 3:1-7

One day at three o'clock in the afternoon, Peter and John were on their way into the Temple for prayer meeting. At the same time there was a man crippled from birth being carried up. Every day he was set down at the Temple gate, the one named Beautiful, to beg from those going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter the Temple, he asked for a handout. Peter, with John at his side, looked him straight in the eye and said, "Look here." He looked up, expecting to get something from them.

Peter said, "I don't have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!" He grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant his feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked.  The man went into the Temple with them, walking back and forth, dancing and praising God. Everybody there saw him walking around and praising God. They recognized him as the one who sat begging at the Temple's Gate Beautiful and rubbed their eyes, astonished, scarcely believing what they were seeing.

 The man threw his arms around Peter and John, ecstatic. All the people ran up to where they were at Solomon's Porch to see it for themselves.

 

 A blast from the past:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCrlyX6XbTU

Monday, July 17, 2017

Praying for Families today


It’s Monday and we pray for families today; strong families, intact families, dysfunctional families, happy and sad families today. Even hot mess families. You’ve got to fit into one of those categories, and guess what? The Lord loves you all with an everlasting love.

I would love to live with no regrets, show me how to do this Lord. Show me how to let go and let You do the impossible with people in my life. Nothing is impossible with You. Each one praying can insert the name of the loved one or situation and say Lord, __________ is not impossible with You. You are the God of Possibilities, OUR GREAT HOPE AND HELP!

You may be a mother with a family member that you don't think will ever get out of the pit they are in. Don't give up. Find a verse and cling to it. All your children will be taught of the Lord and great will be the peace of your children. Praying every day, in every way for you:)

Fix us, Jesus, please and let us live to ever serve You. Put our families on a path that You can bless and humble the hardhearted in Jesus name we pray. Let’s not only worship today, but praise Him with the dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RjNcOqwpRk&list=PL7E3299D433960258&index=67/3

Somebody's Mother Online Prayer Support Group,
https://www.facebook.com/groups/119408188089314/
 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Praying today and every day for you


Good Morning Family,

 I'm dedicating Saturdays to prayers for those who have lost loved ones to death. Many among us have lost loved ones, mates, parents, children and young adult children. The most unnatural thing in the world they say is burying your child. Lord, send your strong father arms of comfort to those who are grieving. And for those grieving the death of a dream, we pray also.

 We are reminded that there will be a day, don't miss this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtud5pvF08A

 Max Lucado says in Grace for the Moment:

In the Arms of God

We don’t like to say good-bye to those whom we love. Whether it be at school or at the cemetery, separation is tough. It is right for us to weep, but there is no need for us to despair. They had pain here; they have no pain there. They struggled here. They have no struggles there. You and I might wonder why God took them home. But they don’t. They understand. They are, at this moment, at peace in the presence of God……When it is cold on earth we can take comfort in knowing that our loved ones are in the warm arms of God. And when Christ comes, we will hold them too.

Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die New Living Translation
 
(©2007).https://www.facebook.com/groups/119408188089314/
 
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

He's an On-Time God!


I believe He is still an “On-time God” even when the way looks hard and barren and hope seems far away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6fA35Ved-Y

“No prayer is lost. Praying breath was never spent in vain. There is no such thing as prayer unanswered or unnoticed by God, and some things that we count refusals or denials are simply delays.”--H. Bonar

 On Mondays we pray for our families and extended family. Some of us are in times of transition and questioning why our loved ones go through what they are going through. Some need help for grief, some need provision and jobs. There are times and seasons for all things and our seasons are in the hands of the Lord. We pray especially for those in authority and for those grieving for lost loved ones. Lord, send wisdom, protection and help.

The Morning Prayer comes from Cecil Murphey: “Ever-wise and ever-loving God, thank You for not letting me choose the season. If I had my choice, I’d learn only the easy lessons. Remind me that there are difficult and painful things I need for my growth. You know what I need long before I figure it out. You choose so that I’ll become more Christlike and loving. Amen.” Cecil Murphey

“I wonder if that's the secret of changing people. If we focus on being who we are and refuse to let another's attitude upset us, we might actually change them.” Cecil Murphey

Ending with a quote to knock your socks off: “Loving God show me the truth about myself, no matter how wonderful it may be.” Cecil Murphey

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Another version of The Chain Breaker video; don't miss it!

Good morning People! It's Thursday and a great day for recovery in the state of Florida. Go to a meeting, spread some love and hope and work your program! Make a gratitude list and truly think about what you are writing down and what you have to be grateful for, we ask for grace today as we pray for those in recovery and their families.

This is one of my favorite parts in the book, “From Survival to Recovery”:
If we willingly surrender ourselves to the spiritual discipline of the Twelve Steps, our lives will be transformed. We will become mature, responsible individuals with a great capacity for joy, fulfillment, and wonder. Though we may never be perfect, continued spiritual progress will reveal to us our enormous potential. We will discover that we are both worthy of love and loving. We will love others without losing ourselves, and will learn to accept love in return. Our sight, once clouded and confused, will clear and we will be able to perceive reality and recognize truth. Courage and fellowship will replace fear. We will be able to risk failure to develop new, hidden talents.

 Our lives, no matter how battered and degraded, will yield hope to share with others. We will begin to feel and will come to know the vastness of our emotions, but we will not be slaves to them. Our secrets will no longer bind us in shame. As we gain the ability to forgive ourselves, and our families and the world, our choices will expand.

With dignity we will stand for ourselves, but not against our fellows. Serenity and peace will have meaning for us, as we allow our lives and the lives of those we love to flow day by day with God’s ease, balance and grace. No longer terrified, we will discover we are free to delight in life’s paradox, mystery, and awe. We will laugh more. Fear will be replaced by faith, and gratitude will come naturally as we realize that our Higher Power is doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves. (From Survival to Recovery)

This video: Oh my Lord!  don't miss it; another version of The Chain Breaker. I'm posting separate and with prayer post so those who need it will see it. Many moms will relate to this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd_xxmXdQz4

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Who's your Sanctuary?

SANCTUARY is the word on my heart. He is our sanctuary but isn’t it good when we have that with a loved one, a friend, a family member. Right now there is so much chaos surrounding some of our homes, a sanctuary seems distant. That’s not as it should be. May the Lord have mercy and make us a sanctuary to someone and give us a journeymate to be that to us we pray. Jesus You are my SANCTUARY!
Picture the Lord singing this over you today:


Praying for all who need healing in any way today. We ask for a healing touch from Your hand and relief from pain, infections and diseases. I have some special loved ones on my heart today. Lord I can’t fix them but You can.

 Praying for good results from tests for those in the hospital and that the doctors will have the wisdom of God as they work along with You, Jesus, to bring about healing. I'm adding prayers for single mothers and fathers. Lord please provide for their needs and wrap Your big Father arms around them and their children. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Fervently Praying for You


Show. Us. How. To. Live. Today.

I've got some things on my heart, and a great quote from the book, "Fervent" but first I’m praying for all who feel that aren't going to make it and need a journeymate today. I’m praying for people who need healing, for families that are falling apart at the seams, for the mentally ill and those who love them.

Yes, It starts with me, and you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pslWA2VRmxg

About Fervent prayer:

"Because this is war. The fight of your life. A very real enemy has been strategizing and scheming against you, assaulting you, coming after your emotions, your mind, your man, your child, your future. In fact he's doing it right this second. Right where you're sitting. Right where you are.

But I say his reign of terror stops here. Stops now. He might keep coming, but he won't have victory anymore.

Because it all starts failing when we start praying." Priscilla Shirer

Let's WAR today!

From 2 Corinthians: "Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.

If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!

We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever."

The Message (MSG)

Friday, June 16, 2017


I’ve been praying about this for a while and really need to pull out of most groups that have added me. I have many needs in my family that come first, have very little time to try and write for publication (praying that the well hasn’t run dry) and just need to have a life. The last seventeen months have been very hard on my family and me personally. BUT I’M STILL STANDING! I give all credit to my Lord and Savior, JESUS CHRIST.

Our family stays in a state of transition, it seems. Pray for us, please.

I’m the type of person that takes prayer needs that I see online deep within my soul, I sometimes literally feel the pain of the one posting. My main ministry is through Somebody’s Mother Online Prayer Support Group that was started some years back because of the burdens I hear about daily.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-bUZj1bkoE

You can always find me on my homepage: https://www.facebook.com/donna.c.tinsley

Or on: Somebody’s Mother Online Prayer Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/119408188089314/

https://www.facebook.com/Three-strikes-and-you-are-Marchman-Acted-116158848506964/

https://www.facebook.com/Anchor-Recovery-Ministry-113490205328854/

I hope to always be a Word Weaver and here, though, good Lord willing and the creek don't rise.
Peace!

Psalm 23  my version

The Lord is who leads me

I have no lack.

In grassy fields I lie down, at His request

By quiet waters near the ocean,

He allows me to go

Refreshed throughout

And holy, too

Because His name I claim

Dying, I will walk towards Him

No terror, I am Yours.

The discipline and crutch have made me secure.

 

A banquet before those who have hurt and despised me

Massaging fragrant oils on my head

Bubbles arise from the cup of the Lord and spill from my glass,

The best and

Undeserved goodness

Are with me

A am Yours,

At home at last,

Forevermore, with him.

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

There was something in the air and it wasn't a Phil Collins song


Yesterday it seemed like something was in the air, to twist and distort things between people. It seemed to be everywhere. I had to remember as one version says, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, our people may be hurting us, but it’s the enemy behind them, trying to destroy families. Ephesians 6:12 the Amplified Bible  reads “ For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.”

 I reminded people as the Lord led, that we have to bless the Lord, think higher than our thoughts, think on good things or we will all go under.

A good slogan is expectations=resentments. I found this quote taken from an Al-anon site : "Any time I am in resentment, I am not taking care of myself. I am blaming someone else for something I need to do.

The higher the expectations, the lower the serenity. I try to keep my boundaries high, my expectations low, and my heart open."

So, it’s Thursday and a great day for Recovery in the State of Florida! Go to a gathering attend a small group, pray with a loved one, read something encouraging. Be gentle with people and may they give gentleness back to you. Smile at someone even if there are tears in your eyes.

 Take care of your body and soul and you will have something to give to others the Lord puts in your path.

Praying especially with those who are struggling in their mind with wanting to use again or contemplating leaving a recovery path. Sometimes it just takes pressing through that wall! Put the beauty of music and worship into your day:
 
Song for the day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGYjKR69M6U


And LOL Phil Collins song
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS will not be soon forgotten.



WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS is the third book in the Misty Willow book series and the first book that I’ve read by Johnnie Alexander. I became an instant fan and can’t wait to get the other books she has written.  I didn’t realize that Johnnie was a romance writer but this book is also very suspenseful. I was not sure she would be able to bring things to a conclusion as I got closer to the end but was very pleasantly surprised.

The characters in the novel were believable and drew me into the story, especially Tess, a woman who owned Whisper Lane Stables and had a heart of gold, especially towards her nephew, Gabe.

There were some magical moments as Gabe, a discouraged former Marine, and Amy, a high powered former lobbyist, renewed their friendship. She was a young woman who had battled an eating disorder which is a subject that isn’t always covered in novels. What Hope Remembers gave  hope to families that  healing can occur. There were details about the pain, the hunger and trauma for those with the disorder that showed that Johnnie did her research in a lot of areas to write this book.

As this couple tried to make their way back to each other things were very complicated; the scripture verse included at the beginning of the book was perfect.  For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 (NKJV)

Thanks to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

https://www.amazon.com/What-Hope-Remembers-Misty-Willow-ebook/dp/B01MUANO2S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495714022&sr=8-1&keywords=what+hope+remembers+by+johnnie+alexander

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Praying for Manchester, England


 
Sometimes the name of Jesus is all we have strength to pray. And in those cases, it is enough. I think that as I found out about the tragedy in Manchester, England.  Please pray for these families, unknown to me, but known to the Father. Jesus, please send strong comfort to the parents, the grandparents and all who loved those who perished. Only You can come in at a time such as this with peace. I think of all the people that I know who have empty arms and I pray, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. I say Jesus, lover of their souls, bind their wounds and make them whole.

 I am putting lyrics and my responses to a song but for our song of the day, Only Jesus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofNtjhUE0Zs
My comments in parenthesis.
 


 "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

O love that will not let me go… (Thank You Jesus this is true) 

 I rest my weary soul in Thee… (We need Your rest desperately)

 I give Thee back the life I owe… (We am Yours)

 That in thine ocean depths its flow… (Don't let us drown in the ocean of tears)

 My richer, fuller be… (Yes!)


O Light that followest all my way… (Show us the bright light of Your Spirit)

 I yield my flickering torch to Thee… (Don’t let the cares of the world destroy our light)

 My heart restores its borrowed ray… (Let us reflect You)

 That in thy sunshines glow its day… (You are our bright light)

 May brighter, fairer be… (Shine, Jesus, shine)


O Joy you seek me through the pain… (Emotional pain seems constant for many)

 I cannot close my heart to thee …(Where could we go but to the Lord?)

 I trace the rainbow through the rain… (It is faint, but it is there)

 And feel the promise is not vain… (Thank You for Your promises)

 That morn shall tearless be… (A warrior's shout of praise shall come!)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Musings Revisited, It's not Hallmark, but it is what it is, for many


Mother's Day Musings Revisited: "The decision to have a child is to accept that your heart will forever walk outside of your body." Katherine Hadley

Sunday a day to praise the Lord. I was reminded by a devo written by Joyce Meyer that intercession is one of the best gifts that can be given to someone, when we intercede we are not thinking of ourselves but of others. I woke up with several special people on my heart; some in the hospital, some alone, some grieving a loss today. I prayed for them. Many will celebrate Mother's day, many will be unable to celebrate and for those we pray that the Lord will minister to them today. He is available 24/7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hzYKovRsJ8

Psalm 31:3-4 "For Thou art my rock and my fortress; for Thy name's sake Thou wilt lead me and guide me... Thou art my strength."

I gave myself a gift of rereading a Mother's Day poem along with my devotion time called Solo Dance. It is by my friend, and fellow word Weaver, Patricia Keough-Wilson. It is an awesome piece of work about something some of us know, called the mother/daughter dance.

I think it was Joyce Meyers who said, "When I knew better, I did better." I am grateful to the Lord that I have learned and am still learning how to parent in different ways than I did when I was a teenage mother. By God's grace and forgiveness I am a different woman than when I started out and He gets the credit for it. But if I could turn the clock back and do it over with no mistakes or pain to loved ones, you can bet I would. I would love to be able to have a do-over in the mothering department. There is a quote in the book, "Her Daughter's Dream" by Francine Rivers that sums up, I think, how many mothers feel. "I love every one of my children and I did the best I knew in raising them. I just wasn't always the mother they wanted."

We claim Romans 8:28 and know that God will use the pain and upheavals of life to bring about the destiny of our children. As mothers it is hard to watch and at  times and even harder to endure when we want to jump in and take that pain for them. But we must leave our children, grandchildren and problems in the hands of the One who created them for His purpose and glory.

He will bring to life that which was dead and barren. Only the Lord can mend the broken, take pieces of clay and make beautiful vessels of His glory. Sometimes life seems more than we can endure, but we must press on, for His glory and purpose.

"Now therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning (my paraphrase) your family: "Behold, I will gather them out of all the lands to which I have driven them in My anger, in My wrath and in great indignation; and I will bring them back to this place and make them dwell in safety. "They shall be My people, and I will be their God; and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me. "I will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul. Jeremiah 32:17, 36-41 Amp.

“All your children will be taught by the Lord. And they will have much peace”

(Isaiah 54:13, International Children’s Bible)

An interesting bit of Mother's Day trivia:

Anna Jarvis, the woman whose efforts resulted in Mother's Day becoming a national holiday in 1914, filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother's Day festival in 1923 because she was so troubled that the day had become commercialized. "I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit," she protested. The commercialization so disturbed her that she said she was sorry she had worked to establish the holiday, and she spent all of her inheritance trying to return Mother's Day to the simple, loving time she had intended.

I can understand her becoming disheartened. May the Lord bring back the simplicity of just spending time together or thinking about happy memories of previous days, for those who are sad.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Jed’s story, my newest book review: "Break Out: A Criminal's Journey to Eternal Freedom" Revised and Expanded Edition

"Break Out: A Criminal's Journey to Eternal Freedom" Revised and Expanded Edition

 I love how the story ends in "Break Out: A Criminal's Journey to Eternal Freedom" Revised and Expanded Edition, by Jed G. Lindstrom. The new version expands on the original writing done by Jed and Larry J Leech II. But really this story is just beginning as there are great things on the horizon for Jed and his family.

 Someone once said to me when I told them about Jed and Lets Go Ministry, “His story is just like the story of hundreds of addicts.” I didn’t have a good answer for them then, but now after reading the book, I do. I say Jed and the power of the Holy Spirit working in his life makes his story shine. And isn’t that what this world with the darkness and pain that is all around us needs? A shining light to help lead us?

Another person that met Jed said “I knew I wanted to get to know this man because something was shining from him.” I recently learned that when he first came into our town he made sandwiches and gave them out to the poor. To me, that is a beautiful act of worship to the Lord, as in Matthew 25:40: “And the King will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” I was familiar with some of Jed's story before I read the book, having walked the streets of Daytona with him when his ministry sponsored Motel Church a few years ago. Jed always has creative ways to spread the gospel and to reach out to those that other people might bypass.

There’s a reason that everyone that meets him wants to book him to speak. Larry J Leech II has beautifully crafted this story in his own unique and awesome way.

You’ll meet Jed through the words of this book and find out that his whole family shines! The pictures were an added bonus to getting to know this family. I especially loved the addition of how the Lord brought Jed and Erica together. There’s a lot more content and some beautiful pictures in this book. Jed started a support group meeting in the Daytona Beach area called Break Out and it has helped many people start or stay on a recovery walk.

Jed is a man who gives honor to a praying mom and this was one of my favorite paragraphs:

“I’m so thankful that I had a praying mom who would not let me go. Between the abuse I subjected my body to and dangerous situations I put myself in, I easily could have died out there. The power of God is real and active. If you are crying out to God for an addicted loved one right now and are growing weary, don’t give up! They desperately need your prayers for divine protection and for the Lord to awaken them to His call and vision for their life.”( Jed page 54)

I so related to Jed’s miracle of a reunion in chapter titled, “RESTORATION”. I’m very proud of his stand with this situation and Erica, his wife, is one of the most supportive women I’ve ever met.

This book is easy to read, keeps your attention and will be a blessing to many families. Jed writes out some helpful scriptures and The “Seven Basic Steps to Follow Jesus” at the end will help those who are struggling. Read this book then pass it along. That’s what I’m doing!
Donna Collins Tinsley

http://www.jedsbook.com/

http://www1.cbn.com/video/SAL88v1/criminal-son-finds-redemption-through-mother-rsquo-s-prayers